Woman finds £20 on the floor and is convicted of theft

If it's not claimed within 28 days, it's yours.

If your find falls in this category it will be independently valued, and museums have the option to raise funds to acquire the find and the money is divided equally between the finder and landowner.

She initially denied she had taken it but after being presented with the footage she admitted what she had done.

If you do find money, you should hand it in to the police - but there's still a chance you could get to keep it.

When Bailey, 23, saw a £20 note lying in a convenience store in Staffordshire, she picked it up and put it in her purse.

Instead of a quick cash fix, Nicole Bailey ended up with a criminal record when she found the cash at a One Stop shop.

The store manager later identified Bailey from the video and said she was a regular customer there. Police were called and the HR worker, who lives near the shop in Blurton, Stoke, voluntarily attended an interview.

Her lawyer Simon Dykes told North Staffs magistrates: "She didn't know who the money belonged to". People don't realise picking up something you have found amounts to a theft.

Her defence team reportedly argued the case should have been dealt with through a police caution. "She has been quite naive in doing so", Mr Dykes said.

Magistrates gave her a six-month conditional discharge.

According to her solicitor, she'd assumed that there was nothing wrong with keeping the money herself - but legally, that isn't the case.

The dishonest appropriation of property belonging to another with the intention of permanently depriving the other of it.

Staffordshire Police's chief inspector, Karen Stevenson, asked members of the public who find lost money to "do the right thing".

  • Salvatore Jensen